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Melbourne beats Suns by 90 points

Darren Cartwright 17/04/2011 05:50:04 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne may have steamrolled Gold Coast at the Gabba on Sunday but in the process they became the first team to lose a quarter to the fledgling AFL side.

Melbourne were far from impressive even though they handed out a 23.21 (159) to 9.15 (69) drubbing in front of 12,111 fans.

And at times they showed a lack of respect for their young opponents.

After leading by 46 points at half time, Melbourne were outscored 4.5 (29) to 4.4 (28)in the third term by the Suns, who are still very much learning their trade.

It was the first time the Suns have won a quarter and it was the highest score they have posted in their three matches.

Melbourne's winning margin was inflated by an unanswered eight goal run in the fourth quarter which wallpapered a number of cracks that surfaced in their midfield, defence and attack in the opening three terms.

Even with Gary Ablett missing, the Suns were more than competitive in the clearances and their defence, which was without the-suspended Campbell Brown, stood up well under siege until the last change.

The Suns only trailed by 37 points early in the fourth quarter when midfielder David Swallow goaled from 60m which was the closest they have been during any fourth quarter this year.

Melbourne's exciting forward Liam Jurrah kicked three goal before being substituted out of the game during the third term to be one of their 13 goal kickers for the match.

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